Syllabi

Honors Art: Syllabus – Spring 2017

Summary of Course Content:

This course is for students with high motivation in further developing individual interest and skills in various forms of artistic expression. Students will investigate contextual perspectives of visual communication and visual culture while developing their own aesthetic and artistic voice. Preparation of the artist’s portfolio and other individual projects will be emphasized for students who are taking these courses with the intent of pursuing a career in the field of art. Outside assignments are required. In a studio setting, students will develop their skills both two and three-dimensionally, using multi-media and digital forms of expression. In addition to studio-based investigations students are expected to: (a) build and maintain a website that will serve as an on-line portfolio of all class activities, (b) produce four Community Connection assignments (two for each marking period), (c) produce twelve sketchbook assignments (six for each marking period), (d) respond to ongoing writing assignments and (e) participate in the annual WSD Art Show. Students are expected to monitor the course website and calendar for assignments, due dates and commentary.

Standards for the Course (Competencies to be achieved):

This course is designed to address the Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities as outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

General categories include:

  • Production, Performance and Exhibition (9.1)
  • Historical and Cultural Contexts (9.2)
  • Critical Response (9.3)
  • Aesthetic Response (9.4)

Class Format:

Students will attend class daily and are expected to actively participate in all aspects of the course including cleanup. Students are expected to be on task from bell to bell in single period classes as well as double period classes. Double period students should not expect a “break” at the bell between periods. School policies outlined in the student handbook regarding behavior and technology will be honored in the classroom.

Course Requirements:

In addition to studio-based investigations students are expected to:

  • Build and maintain a WordPress website that will serve as an on-line portfolio of all class activities. Formatting instructions will be followed.
  • Produce four Community Connection assignments (two for each marking period). Formatting instructions will be followed.
  • Produce twelve Sketchbook assignments (six for each marking period).
  • Respond to ongoing writing assignments.
  • Participate in the annual WSD Art Show (semester final).
  • Students are expected to monitor the course website and calendar (https://davidtmiller.wordpress.com) for assignments, due dates and commentary.

Grading:

  • 50%            Investigation (studio work)
  • 20%            Academic work (written; eg. Community Connection, prompts & reflections)
  • 20%            Research (sketchbook)
  • 10%             Time & resource management (prepared vs. unprepared)

Unexcused or frequent absences/tardiness, failure to complete assignments, or late submission of assignments will negatively impact grade.

Class Calendar: (Subject to change)

  • Mon., Jan. 30: 1st day spring semester
  • Thu., Feb.16: Community Connection #1(5)
  • Thu., Mar. 16: Community Connection #2(6)
  • Mon., Mar. 27: Sketchbook
  • Fri., Mar. 31: End of marking period
  • Mon., Mar. 10 – Fri., Apr. 14: Spring Vacation
  • Wed., Apr. 26: Community Connection #3(7)
  • Mon., May 15: Art Show Proposal/Inventory
  • Fri., May 19 – Mon., May 22: Art Show installation
  • Wed., May 24: Art Show opening
  • Thu., May 25: Art Show closing
  • Fri., May 26: Art Show take-down
  • Tue., May 30: Collective Aesthetic paper
  • Fri., Jun 2: Community Connection #4(8)
  • Fri., Jun 2: Sketchbooks – seniors
  • Tue., Jun. 7: Sketchbooks – non seniors
  • Wed., Jun. 15: End of marking period

Students are expected to monitor the course website and calendar (https://davidtmiller.wordpress.com) for assignments, due dates and commentary.

Note: Any alteration will be announced in class and posted to this WordPress site. Due dates for studio activities will be announced on an ongoing basis.

Portfolio Art & AP Studio: Syllabus – Fall 2016

Summary of Course Content:

Portfolio is a rigorous course of study designed for students who wish to pursue art as a career or to focus on an area of concentration. Students will concentrate upon the areas of their working portfolio that need strengthening. The course will also provide students with the ability to explore and research their personal aesthetic through supervised study. Students are to present on-going independent project proposals, post bi-weekly progress reports and to self-assess at the end of each marking period. In addition to studio-based investigations students are expected to: (a) build and maintain a website that will serve as an on-line portfolio of all class activities, (b) produce four Community Connection assignments (two for each marking period), (c) produce twelve sketchbook assignments (six for each marking period), and (d) participate in the annual WSD Art Show. Students are expected to monitor the course website and calendar for assignments, due dates and commentary.

Standards for the Course (Competencies to be achieved):

This course is designed to address the Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities as outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

General categories include:

  • Production, Performance and Exhibition (9.1)
  • Historical and Cultural Contexts (9.2)
  • Critical Response (9.3)
  • Aesthetic Response (9.4)

Class Format:

Students will attend class daily and are expected to actively participate in all aspects of the course including cleanup. Students are expected to be on task from bell to bell in single period classes as well as double period classes. Double period students should not expect a “break” at the bell between periods. School policies outlined in the student handbook regarding behavior and technology will be honored in the classroom.

Course Requirements:

In addition to studio-based investigations students are expected to:

  • Post on-going independent project proposals. Formatting instructions will be followed.
  • Post bi-weekly progress reports. Formatting instructions will be followed.
  • Self-assess at the end of each marking period. Formatting instructions will be followed.
  • Build and maintain a WordPress website that will serve as an on-line portfolio of all course activities. Formatting instructions will be followed.
  • Produce four Community Connection assignments (two for each marking period). Formatting instructions will be followed.
  • Produce twelve Sketchbook assignments (six for each marking period).
  • Students are expected to monitor the course website and calendar (https://davidtmiller.wordpress.com) for assignments, due dates and commentary.

Grading:

  • 50%            Investigation (studio work)
  • 20%            Academic work (written; eg. Community Connection, prompts & reflections)
  • 20%            Research (sketchbook)
  • 10%             Time & resource management (prepared vs. unprepared)

Unexcused or frequent absences/tardiness, failure to complete assignments, or late submission of assignments will negatively impact grade.

Class Calendar: (Subject to change)

  • Mon., Jan. 30: 1st day spring semester
  • Wed., Feb. 1: Project Proposal
  • Wed., Feb. 15: Progress Report #1(6)
  • Thu., Feb.16: Community Connection #1(5)
  • Tue., Mar. 7: Progress Report #2(7)
  • Thu., Mar. 16: Community Connection #2(6)
  • Wed., Mar. 22: Progress Report #3(8)
  • Mon., Mar. 27: Sketchbook
  • Mon., Mar. 27: Portfolio Self-Assessment
  • Fri., Mar. 31: End of marking period
  • Wed., Apr. 5: Project Proposal
  • Mon., Mar. 10 – Fri., Apr. 14: Spring Vacation
  • Wed., Apr. 26: Progress Report #4(9)
  • Wed., Apr. 26: Community Connection #3(7)
  • Fri., May. 12: Progress Report #5(10)
  • Mon., May 15: Art Show Proposal/Inventory
  • Fri., May 19 – Mon., May 22: Art Show installation
  • Wed. May 24: Art Show opening
  • Thu., May 25: Art Show closing
  • Fri., May 26: Art Show take-down
  • Tue., May 30: Collective Aesthetic paper
  • Fri., Jun 2: Community Connection #4(8)
  • Fri., Jun 2: Sketchbooks – seniors
  • Fri., Jun 2: Portfolio Self-Assessment
  • Tue., Jun. 7: Sketchbooks – non seniors
  • Wed., Jun. 15: End of marking period

Students are expected to monitor the course website and calendar (https://davidtmiller.wordpress.com) for assignments, due dates and commentary.

Note: Any alteration will be announced in class and posted to my WordPress site. Due dates for additional activities will be announced on an ongoing basis.

3D Expression: Syllabus – Fall 2016

Summary of Course Content

This course will introduce students to sculpture and 3D design. Students will explore materials, context, process, installation and interpretation from a historical and contemporary point of view. Outside assignments are required. In a studio setting, students will develop their skills three-dimensionally, using multi-media and digital forms of expression. In addition to studio-based investigations students are expected to: (a) produce four Community Connection assignments (two for each marking period), (b) respond to ongoing writing assignments and (c) participate in the annual WSD Art Show. Students are expected to monitor the course website and calendar for assignments, due dates and commentary.

Standards for the Course (Competencies to be achieved):

This course is designed to address the Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities as outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

General categories include:

  • Production, Performance and Exhibition (9.1)
  • Historical and Cultural Contexts (9.2)
  • Critical Response (9.3)
  • Aesthetic Response (9.4)

Class Format:

Students will attend class daily and are expected to actively participate in all aspects of the course including cleanup. Students are expected to be on task from bell to bell. School policies outlined in the student handbook regarding behavior and technology will be honored in the classroom.

Course Requirements:

In addition to studio-based investigations students are expected to:

  • Produce four Community Connection assignments (two for each marking period). Formatting instructions will be followed.
  • Respond to ongoing writing assignments.
  • Participate in the annual WSD Art Show
  • Students are expected to monitor the course website and calendar (https://davidtmiller.wordpress.com) for assignments, due dates and commentary.

Grading:

  • 70%            Investigation (studio work)
  • 20%            Academic work (written; eg. Community Connections, prompts & reflections)
  • 10%            Time & Resource Management (prepared vs. unprepared)

Unexcused or frequent absences/tardiness, failure to complete assignments, or late submission of assignments will negatively impact grade.

Class Calendar: (Subject to change)

  • Mon., Aug. 29: 1st day Fall semester
  • Thu., Sep. 22: Community Connection #1
  • Mon., Oct. 17: Community Connection #2
  • Tue., Nov. 8: End of marking period
  • Sat., Nov. 12: National Portfolio Day, Philadelphia
  • Wed., Nov. 23: Community Connection #3
  • Thu. & Fri., Nov. 24 & 25: Thanksgiving Holidays
  • Mon., Dec. 26 – Mon., Jan. 2: Winter Vacation
  • Wed., Jan. 18: Community Connection #4
  • Fri, Jan. 27: End of marking period/semester

Students are expected to monitor the course website and calendar (https://davidtmiller.wordpress.com) for assignments, due dates and commentary.

Note:  Any alteration will be announced in class and posted to my WordPress site. Due dates for studio activities will be announced on an ongoing basis.